STRONGSVILLE, Ohio- At first glance, four-month-old Vera looks like a typical happy and healthy pit bull puppy, but it turns out she's been through a lot in her short life.
Once the coat she wears to protect against the cold is removed, you can see that Vera was scalded and much of her hair on her back and sides is gone.
According to the pit bull rescue organization, Muttley Crue, Vera was burned by hot oil. The details of how it happened, and whether it was an intentional act of animal abuse or an accident is unclear, but what is clear is that Vera suffered in silence until she was rescued by Muttley Crue and taken to the Crossroads Animal Hospital in Strongsville. "While the abuse would have been horrible if it were intentional, the negligence to me is equal to that. So even if it was an accident, no one sought medical care," said Muttley Crue founder, Adrienne Schultz. “She sat and suffered for weeks until now, we have her."
What is most impressive to those who are taking care of Vera, is that she has not allowed the way she was treated to affect her loving spirit. "She has a true dog's nature. She's very forgiving. She's very loving. You would never know anything happened to her otherwise; she's playful with the dogs in her foster home," said Schultz.
But the truth is Vera faces a number of medical issues as a result of the scalding. Schultz told Fox 8, "She has third degree burns. Some of the scarring is so intense that she may not have regular mobility, and she also has a very severe heart murmur."
Muttley Crue is still gathering information about the scalding in the hope that those responsible for Vera's plight will be prosecuted. "There's a special place for those people and you know hopefully they'll get theirs, but our focus right now is getting her healthy, getting her down to the specialist to make sure her heart functions appropriately before she can even be thought to be adopted out, we need to get her healthy."
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